Modus pride of place

Good looks, a traditional appearance and a palette of ‘heritage’ finishes have reportedly enabled the Modus flush casement PVC-U window system from Eurocell to persuade a Gloucestershire planning authority that it is a worthy alternative to timber windows.

Bentham Green is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that comes under the jurisdiction of Tewkesbury Borough Council’s planning department, which uses the Cotswold Design Code as its reference. When Lioncourt Homes bought the plot with detailed planning permission for 49 homes, it says that it discovered that the planners were insistent upon flush casement windows.

Commercial director, Matt Underwood, said: “We are always looking to explore alternative products and materials that enhance the quality and reduce the maintenance costs of our homes which is why the Modus PVC-U window system stood out to us as a great alternative to timber windows.”

Lioncourt Homes contacted Eurocell which introduced it to the Modus range and to A&B Glass, the Tewkesbury-based fabricator and installer.

“Planners don’t appreciate how far PVC-U products have come on in the last decade and what an improvement they are upon timber,” commented Matt Sollis of A&B Glass. “And when first-time householders see all the costs of stripping back and repainting timber windows, they will consider replacing them.”